The information provided by Local Government Minister Simon Coveney is set out in the tables on a full-time equivalent basis.
Full-time equivalent employment is the number of full-time equivalent jobs, defined as total hours worked divided by average annual hours worked in full-time jobs.
|LOCAL AUTHORITY||Dec 2014||Dec 2015||Dec 2016|
|Limerick City & County||1008.14||1034.05||1068.09|
|Waterford City & County||773.13||785.73||769.17|
In 2016, Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin, said he had received confirmation that Sligo County Council had been given the green light to hire much needed new staff.
“For some time now I have been highlighting the staffing shortages faced by Sligo County Council, which are having detrimental effects on the county. Over the past week I have held a number of meetings with Minister Simon Coveney on this issue.
“Today I have been informed that the Minister has lifted a staffing cap and has given Sligo County Council the go ahead to hire new staff, as required by the Council. The Council has outlined over 80 posts which it wishes to fill.”
From the data issued by Coveney, it looks that staff numbers in Sligo actually decreased, down from a total of 390.39 in 2015 to 380.71 in 2016.